When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.
        - Edgar Watson Howe

If I were a dictator I should make it compulsory for every member of the population between the ages of four and eighty to listen to Mozart for at least a quarter of an hour daily for the coming five years.
        - Sir Thomas Beecham

Einstein is attributed with the statement that even had Newton or Leibniz never lived, the world would have the calculus, but if Beethoven had not lived, we would never have had the C-minor Symphony.
        - Alan Lightman

The Detroit Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost.
        - Anonymous Critic

This machine kills fascists.
        - Sign on Bob Dylan's guitar case in "I'm Not There"

"I love rock'n'roll because of its excitement, its freshness, its energy. It reminds me of when the Charleston came in."
        - Jule Styne, looking back at a life in music (1905-94)

We don't see eye to eye, but we have a common interest: your money.
        - Johnny Rotten, announcing the rationale for a reunion tour of the Sex Pistols, 1996

Musical similarities.
        - The Beautiful South come up with a novel reason for their breakup

My favourite word is 'Existenialism', I can't say it and I'm not quite sure what it means.
        - 'Ginger Spice' Geri Halliwell

The Spice Girls don't care if I like them or not because I'm not 12.
        - Germaine Greer

The accepted wisdom in the pop world appears to be that only adenoidal skeletons sell records.
         - Richard Morrison, "The Times"

It's now obvious that pop music has become the sole preserve of 12-year-old girls who spend their pocket money (or children's allowance, it's so hard to tell these days) buying ringtones by their favourite band.
        - Ian O'Doherty, "The Irish Independent"

Live Earth was probably the worst indictment of modern music ever seen on our screens... Being a rock star should by definition be the least green thing you can do in life. It should involve consumption of the earth's resources on a scale and at a pace that beggars belief.
        - Tom Dunne, in Dublin's "Evening Herald"

Alongside film, the pop album was the defining art form of the 20th century, the soundtrack to vast technological and social change. Singles were immediate, ephemeral things. Albums made pondering pop and rock into a valid intellectual pursuit. Friendships were founded, love could blossom, bands could be formed, all from flicking through someone's album collection. Owning certain albums became like shorthand; a manifesto for everything you stood for, and against: the Smiths' Meat is Murder , Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. But for how much longer? Downloading favours the song, not the album. MP3 players favour personal playlists or shuffling. Listeners are already tiring of keeping company with an artist for an hour or more, as an album meanders beyond mere singles. The album as we know it might not last another 50 years, maybe not even another 10.
        - Kitty Empire, paying tribute to the album, "The Observer"

It was a time when Uttoxeter, like the rest of the country, was awash with endless different youth tribes. There were new romantics, heavy rockers, smoothies, punks, goths, skins and mod revivalists who were into the Specials and 2 Tone. Then there were those pop culture kids who came into school wearing one green sock, one pink sock and some deely boppers on their head. People often looked daft, but were genuinely committed to their chosen denomination and would wear their identities on their sleeves with immense pride. In a town as small as Uttoxeter, though, there weren't enough people for each sub culture to fill their own parties or clubs, so most weekends everyone would turn up at the same village hall disco and end up fighting.
        - Shane Meadows, on the England of 1983

Indie used to be such a simple term in the Eighties - a byword for an attitude, a subculture and a territory of music that was quietly, stubbornly, alternative... Indie is now a byword for something very different: for commercial savvy and success disguised as contemporary cool. It is no longer independent of anything: indie has become the mainstream... Razorlight and Snow Patrol are 'indie bands'. How did this happen? And does there remain such a thing, in 2007, as a genuine indie kid? ...Gradually, the term 'indie' changed. It came to mean any shambolic guitar band that wore vintage clothes and harked back nostalgically to the past. Indie kids now are more likely to be the boy with artfully messy hair or the cool girl in skinny jeans than the 'mis-shapes' and 'misfits' that Jarvis Cocker used to treasure.
        - Jude Rogers, "The Observer"

The world of mass enthusiasm is much more like a pure market than like a public relations campaign. In Britain, a touchingly underqualified creature called Posh Spice has defied our expectations by remaining married to the footballer David Beckham for all these months, but she hasn't defied the law of supply and demand: she will always sell more newspapers than records, because the public, although it will read anything about a permanently pouting young woman with delusions of adequacy, refuses to be fooled about the music it listens to. Completely to manage the public's taste is an ambition open only to totalitarian societies, not to free ones, and in fact not even classical communism could manage it: the Beatles still broke through.
        - Clive James, "The Meaning of Recognition"

I didn't much like Madonna's last television appearance in Britain. Billed as the height of sophisticated sexiness, it featured Madonna wearing high heels, a trench coat and a beret. She crouched like a pygmy prizefighter while snarling into the microphone as if anyone listening might be insufficiently intelligent to understand her message ó a hard audience to find, in my view.
        - Clive James, "The Meaning of Recognition"

Over the last few days there has been a worrying myth going around - that Madonna looks sexy. Let's stop being PC for a second - when you're nearly 50, it's time to stop pretending you're in Girls Aloud. Madonna looks about as sexy as your Ma getting drunk at a 21st and trying to cop off with one of your friends ó and that's never a good look.
        - Ian O'Doherty, "The Irish Independent"

"I have brought with me my 11 year-old son and his wife and their newborn daughter, who I am hoping to sell to the singing transvestite Madonna."
        - Borat, attending his UK premiere

Britney Spearís not a suitable role model, sheís a borderline certifiable dingbat from the Appalachian foothills with the IQ of permafrost. She wasnít a suitable role model before she became famous and sheís about as much of one now. You want role models for your daughter, then paper her bedroom with pictures of Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, Rosa Luxemburg and Hazel Blears. Or relax and let her enjoy the fleeting, saccharine, pleasures of Hit Me Baby One More Time (a fine single) and, in time, come to her own conclusions about Britney.
       - Rod Liddle, "The Times"

Jessica Simpson has always seemed to be a particularly obnoxious creation. By pretending to be dumber than she is, she has convinced a generation of young American girls that it's cool to be 'ditzy', and by loudly proclaiming her Christianity while dressing like a two-dollar trick, she manages to be both hypocritical and cynical at the same time. But now we can at least laugh at the fact that her marriage to Nick Lachey has collapsed. The couple, who were married for three seasons of The Newlyweds, have issued a joint statement, saying: "We would really like people to respect our privacy at this time." Dear Lord, don't they realise that we have all been wishing that they would respect their own privacy for years now?
        - Ian O'Doherty, "The Irish Independent"

You think regular TV rots your brain and wastes time? Try music TV and you'll find you can easily do away with hours on end. I think I would have grown a beard and forgotten to eat or sleep or go to work if the wife hadn't come down and snapped me out of it.
        - Brendan O'Connor, "The Irish Independent"

"To return for a moment to extremely loud music with a gut-churning thudding bass beat... this music reflects something every bit as disturbing in our collective psyche as communism or fascism at their genocidal worst."
        -  Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, speech to the Incorporated Society of Musicians

It takes a certain kind of ego, cosseted and convinced utterly of its own self-righteousness, to insult the collective intelligence of several generations of pop fans and the memories of Holocaust victims in the same paragraph. But Maxwell Davies pulls it off... Pop music thrives on one level because it is a living, breathing, vital part of contemporary culture. Classical music is not. Its greatest composers are long dead, its era long gone. It thrives to an infinitely lesser degree because it is subsidised out of all proportion to its popularity, easily eating up most of the public subsidy to music in this country. Though it obviously touches people deeply, and is arguably more rewarding intellectually than even the greatest pop song, it does not touch nearly as many people.
        - Sean O'Hagan, in response, "The Observer"

Q: What advice would you give to young musicians of the future?
A: Definitely have a good lawyer, and always sign your own cheques.
        - An interview with Mundy in Dublin's "Metro" newspaper

It is hard to imagine a sorrier collection of cynically concocted, pretentious, posturing, pubertal shock-schlock and tacky titillation, covering up mawkishly mediocre music, than this anthology of pseudo-diabolical, ersatz-outrageous, naked-women-and-dwarf-exploiting dross. Though no doubt cutting-edge marketing executives are plotting such projects at this very moment.
        - Paul Hoggart, "The Times" reviewing Channel 4's "X-Rated: The Pop Videos They Tried to Ban"

"Music that sounds like crows being steamed alive in a pressure cooker."
        - Clyde Umney, on modern music in a Stephen King short story

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."
        - Hunter S. Thompson

"Pop music today is so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio."
        - Bono

When Motorhead toured the Bomber album (in 1980) the stage set featured a mock up of a WW2 Wellington, or possibly Lancaster, bomber which hung over the stage. So the tour reaches Dresden in Germany. Lemmy strides out onto the stage, looks at the audience, looks at the bomber and says: "Good evening Dresden. I bet you haven't seen one of these for a while."
        - seen on PopBitch

"Look, it p****s the Americans off no end."
        - Lemmy of Motorhead, explaining his collection of Nazi memorabilia

Following a cocaine-fuelled sojourn in Berlin, David Bowie famously arrived at Victoria station for a press conference in an open-topped, black Mercedes from which he seemed to give the Nazi salute. This on the back of some mid-Seventies American interviews in which he claimed that 'Britain is ready for a fascist leader', and called Hitler 'one of the first rock stars'. In his defence, Bowie later pointed out that he was wired on cocaine, dismissed the salute as a wave and pointed out that saying Britain was 'ready' for a Fuhrer was not the same as saying it 'needed' one. Was that an apology? Not really.
        - Sean O'Hagan, "The Observer"

"All of us have lost friends to alcohol and drugs. We don't glamorise that. I think all of us know that when you're dealing with something like that, the house always wins."
        - Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady

"Can you sing?"
"Let's say, if they rectify my voice in the studio, then yes, I can sing."
        - Roger Milla, former Cameroon soccer star

"David Grant has worked as a vocal coach to Take That, Atomic Kitten, Gareth Gates, Will Young, S Club 7 and the Spice Girls and yet Channel Five is still wasting time on documentaries about the evils of Hitler."
        - Mark Lamarr, host of "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"

"Shania 'Oh I must remember to buy some mutton' Twain once performed at the Nobel Prize Peace Concert with Elton John and Phil Collins. You probably remember that year. They had to wrestle a Stanley knife off Nelson Mandela."
        - Mark Lamarr, "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"

"A man who can list on his CV rapper, comedian, presenter, actor, writer Ė all after the word 'failed'. Superstar fantasist Richard Blackwood. Or as I think of him, Won't Smith."
        - Mark Lamarr, "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"

"Terri Walker says she fancies Robbie Williams and The Rock. I fancy Robbie and The Rock, too. The full list is Robbie, a rock, a dark alley, a saw and a double-sized coffin just in case Kelly Osbourne is first on the scene."
        - Mark Lamarr, "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"

"I nearly died when I heard his song 'Irish Son'. I absolutely hated it. It's the worst lyric on a record I have ever heard. I had to take it off in case I committed suicide."
        - Elton John, on Brian McFadden's "Irish Son"

"He thinks no one understands him but of course we all do. You're just being a w*nker. Go home."
        - Charlotte Church, about Pete Doherty

The songs all sound as if they were written by a committee with a few too many white men on it.
        - Joe Queenan, on the musical Dreamgirls, "The Guardian"

More of that which does not live, yet will not die: like Tolkein's ring wraiths, The Rolling Stones once again stalk the land.
        - David Bennun, in Britain's "Mail on Sunday"

To Chumbawamba, each style is no more than a platform for lyrical pamphleteering executed with the subtlety, strategy and devastating impact of a playground attack with a faulty, dribbling water-pistol.
        - Davin Bennun, in "The Guardian"

Singer Dolores O'Riordan is endowed with the geopolitical savvy of Tinkerbell the Magic Fairy, and the lyrical agility of mud... the type of callow, palpitating Oirishism which fills many Irish citizens with desperate embarrassment.
        - David Bennun, reviewing "The Cranberries", in Britain's "Mail on Sunday"

Itís about time we instigated a prestigious award for the first world leader to tell Bono to get lost.
        - Rod Liddle, "Someone please shut Bono up", The Times"

"Every time I clap a child dies in Africa."
"Well, stop clapping then!"
        - A heckler has a sharp comeback for Bono

"The problem with U2 is that Bono's lyrics speak in hackneyed rock-Esperanto, which is probably enough to get people to put lights up in the air in Eastern Europe or South America but it is frustratingly short on specifics. Also, it's quite adolescent."
        - John Harris, commenting on U2 on BBC's "Newsnight Review"

"A street with no name? He's like a f*****g postman with the blues."
        - Billy Connolly, on Bono's lyrics

"You can call me anything you want except Sir. Lord of Lords... that'll do."
        - Bono, accepting an honorary British knighthood

"It was like hearing a 40 year old black man, while seeing this 19 year old pimply white kid."
        - Pete Waterman, on the surprising vocal talents of Rick Astley

Stacey's Mom ebulliently encapsulated Fountains of Wayne's musical world view: the song was absurdly catchy while, lyrically, it read like a scene from a John Hughes movie.
        - Ed Power, in Dublin's "Evening Herald"

In 1967, Brian Wilson, the leader of the Beach Boys, faced a musical arms race with the Beatles. Both were intent on extending the boundaries of pop. The album Smile was billed as Wilsonís magnum opus, yet by releasing Strawberry Fields Forever, the Beatles beat him to the punch.
        - Richard Clayton, reviewing the documentary "Beautiful Dreamer" for "The Times"

Born to Run begins with the revving of what sounds like a hundred Harley-Davidsons ó then off we go on a hormonal joy ride. A young man pleads with a girl called Wendy to climb onto his motorcycle and leave behind their dead-end town and dead-end lives. It articulated the kind of love I wanted: love as the fireworks that never go out... Born to Run is a young manís song. Springsteen was in his early twenties when he wrote it, and I donít play it that much any more. You canít be a middle-aged man with a mortgage singing about being born to run. And I can understand people who dismiss it as overblown, bombastic, overwrought, melodramatic. But then, so is true love.
        - Cosmo Landesman, on Springsteen's "Born to Run", "The Times"

Songs, just like scents, are highly evocative, and a few bars of a particular song can be enough to transport you back to happy times in the past. Any time I hear Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" I am immediately returned to warn summer days spent splashing about at the Forty Foot pool. Any time I hear "Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap (mercifully infrequently) I'm brought directly back to the cringe-worthy days of attending school discos. But more often thatn not, the songs that mean much to you are usually tied up with relationships. The songs that plunge you back to your past unexpectedly tend to be the ones that carry the darkest memories, the ones that kept you company in the small hours while you cried your face out, or the ones that finally carried you through to the other side of a relationship break-up. Naturally these memories are unwelcome, and in some cases whole albums have been tainted due to ill-advised listening during a batch patch.
        - Edel Coffey, on the darkside of comforting music, "The Evening Herald"

Close your eyes and you can hear her even now. It's 1960 and you're parked at the Steak n' Shake in your red and white Chevy convertible and on the radio, Connie Francis is singing "Where the Boys Are." It's a love song to a time and a place. And as you tip the curb girl a dime, you close your eyes, and dream about pointing that Chevy right down Route 45 to Fort Lauderdale.
        - from Roger Ebert's review of "Where the Boys are '84" for "Chicago Sun Times"

Johnny Cash sang like he meant business. He didn't get fancy and he didn't send his voice on missions it could not complete, but there was an urgency in his best songs that pounded them home. When he sang something, it stayed sung.
        - Roger Ebert, from his review of "Walk The Line"

I went off and listened properly to The Joshua Tree. I came to realise that this was one of those moments when it all came together. The look, the classic songs, the vast, layered production, the iconic, mythological imagery of America, Kerouac's America of the pioneers and the wide open spaces. And really it was all about America, wasn't it? I think The Joshua Tree was what really taught me to love America, the America of exuberence, naivete, possibilities, wide open spaces and a living history. This was the America that invented gospel, rock n'roll, Stetsons and that old-time religion... It was all drenched in slide guitars, the desert, redemtpion and classic Americana. It was U2 going back to someone else's roots... Suddenly, U2 had grown up and made an album that was out of time, timeless, unique and close to perfect.
        - Brendon O'Connor, looking back after 20 years in "The Irish Independent"

Fans of Nick Drake were given a boost when the "Irish Times" reported that he would give a rare concert in Dublin. His appearance is considered doubtful, however, as he has been dead since 1974.
        - seen in "The Irish Independent"

"My dreams are always the same, people are ringing up, asking me to join 'The Rolling Stones'."
        - Lawrence (Bill Nighy), retiring civil servant, "The Girl in the Cafe"

"Man, you gotta update your cassette tape collection. For one, they're cassette tapes."
        - Sam, trying to drag his brother Dean into 2005 on "Supernatural"

I've realised now that I am so gay. I love everything gay men love, except the whole ya'know, sex with men thing. I mean all the good stuffs gone, Abba: GAY, Wonderwoman: GAY, The Village People: GAY! Who woulda thought the Village People were gay? It's just like 20 years ago the Gay community got divorced from the Straight community and said "We're leaving and we're having the good CD's. We're having Kylie, Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. You can have Bon Jovi.
        - Adam Hills

"Generally, the field of music, other than the obvious example, has been dominated by people who can hear."
        - Max to Frankie, in "It's All Gone Pete Tong"

"Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen would, I think, have come unplaced in an Ian McCulloch look-alike competition at the NEC Arena last Thursday."
        - John Peel, reviewing a Bunnymen gig from 1988 for "The Observer"

"On our last tour the support band was taking bets on which one of us was going to die first."
        - Andy Cairns of Therapy?

"I remember seeing a castle..."
        - Duff McKagan, recalls playing Slane Castle with Guns n'Roses in 1992

We left New York to drive to a venue in Boulder, Colorado. It was a 36-hour drive but by the time we got to Boulder the venue had changed hands. What had been The Marquee, Home of Music, had been renamed Mingers, Home of the Ladyboy. Oh, and the gig was still on. "We are the next U2," we told the new owner. "We are a culturally significant act from Ireland." However, the man, a member of a Chinese Triad, was having none of it. "You play music," he told us, "while ladyboy strip."
        - Tom Dunne, recalling a hair-raising Something Happens tour, "Evening Herald"

There is a schoolteacher in my town and he looks like Bugs Bunny,
He's a mass murderer and I'm not being funny.
        - Paul Durcan

"The only nice thing about the Spice Girls is that I can still enjoy them with the music turned down."
        - Mitch LeeÖhmmm, I prefer The Corrs for that

"The only thing The Corrs taught us was to clean up our image. We weren't gonna meet those three gorgeous girls looking like knackers."
        - Dave Browne of Irish band "Picture House"

"What can I do to make you love me?"
        - Andrea Corr,The Corrs , "What can I do?"

You dont need to do anything.
        - Male population of the world.

Pitched somewhere between Gary Numan and the Sugababes' song that sampled, er, Gary Numan, Neosupervital's self-titled debut LP wears its debt to 1980s electro-pop lightly and with good humour. A geek on the record sleeve (O'Donovan is pictured in an ill-fitting suit and entirely inappropriate Ray Bans), Neosupervital is, judging by tracks such as Artscool Girl, a geek in real life also. In fact, one can't rule out the possibility that his entire musical career is a contrivance intended to improve his chances of bagging a girlfriend.
        - Eamon Miller, reviewing Dublin act Neosupervital in "Metro Life"

A worrying development set for mass greatness in 2007 is newly minted genre New Rave. When I first heard the term, it struck terror into my very being. In my mind, rave is actually more awful than any other musical genre. No wonder people took drugs to listen to it, nobody in their right mind could stick it... It makes sense that new young bands like Enter Shakiri and Klaxons might be influenced by rave, considering it would have formed the mainstream music of their youth. My childhood listening on the other hand was defined by bands like Wham!, The Petshop Boys and Bryan Ferry, which did nothing for my coolness quotient but did create a desire for melody in music. Rave on the other hand was rarely melodic and often cacophonous to me.
        - Edel Coffey, on the cycle of music revivals, "Evening Herald"

Some hints on how to enjoy this LP. Give your brain the evening off.
        - Smash Hits review of AC/DC's "Blow up your Video"

"Playing 'My Achy Breaky Heart' to an unwilling listener is specifically forbidden under the Geneva War Crimes rules."
        - J. Michael Straczynski

There was condemnation around the world after it was alleged that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had tortured prisoners by playing them the music of Christina Aguilera. Yet the prisoners still wouldn't spill the beans. Why don't they do the obvious and play them Westlife?
        - from "The Irish Independent"

"Westlife's video for 'Uptown Girl' makes Billy Joel's look like a model of gritty social realism."
        - Tom Dunne

I'm not going to be on it now, am I? That, strangely, was my first thought when I heard the news that "Top of the Pops" was to end after 42 years. Rational people might have pointed out other impeduments to my getting onto it: my age, the fact that the band hasn't written a song in over ten years. But, those to me were details and details rooted in the real world, a world I cared little about and which TOTP was supposed to save me from. Reality has no place amongst smoke machines, girls in tinsel, flashing lights and full mimes.
        - Tom Dunne, of almost-big Irish band Something Happens, "Evening Herald"

"All we had ever heard about record company people is that they were vampires and criminals and they killed Elvis Presley."
        - Bjork

"Record companies seemed to have every resource at their disposal except a soul..."
        - Mika

"I wake up some nights and I think, Orchestral maneuvers in the Dark? What a stupid name! Why did we pick that one?"
        - Andy McClusky, of OMD

"If there is a better singer in Britain than Craig David then I'm Margaret Thatcher."
        - Elton John, after David is overlooked at the Brit awards

Baroness, you look different. Have you lost weight?
        - The Irish Independent, unimpressed with Elton's opinion

Pony Club, showing the Americans where their white trash came from.
        - Description of the Irish band from their official site,

"I saw Debbie Gibson here at the hotel, and she had all this toilet paper out in the hallway. I was all, 'Wait a second, I thought heavy metal bands did stuff like that...'"
        - Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recalls a 1988 run in with teen sensation Debbie Gibson

"Britney Spears has used up her 15 minutes of fame, and now she is using Tiffanyís leftover 10 minutes."
        - The Vent

"As she promoted her new album over recent weeks, a succession of talented journalists nearly killed themselves in attempting to get Kylie Minogue to say something interesting - all to no avail."
        - Alexis Petridis, "The Guardian"

"Iíve got 15 million in the bank, 3 stalkers, and I'm about to go the board at Man City! Am I happy? NO! I want more!"
        - Noel Gallagher, Oasis, 1995

The finale was impeded only by a barrage of icecubes, peanuts, and bannanas being thrown at the drummer, Tony. These come, not from the crowd, who go home happy anyway, but from the side of the stage where Liam is unloading the contents of the buffet from the dressing room...
        -The Guardian's Jim Shelly reports an Oasis concert

"Nothing bothers me more than when groups like Pearl Jam and Nirvana whine and moan and complain about life and being famous. Let me tell you, being famous is great! The feeling when someone asks you for an autograph, unbelieveable! I just think Americans are tired of people telling them how crap their lives are. I think when people listen to our music, we tell them how good their lives could be. I guess I just can't understand the thoughts of Eddie Vedder or that whole bit... I mean, lad, if you hate your job so much, why don't you fuckin' go work at a car wash or McDonald's or something?"
        - Noel Gallagher, on MTV 1994

Dani Behr: "Do you still have physical fights."
Noel: "No. The last time was in March or May and we haven't done since because..."
Dani Behr: "Who won?"
Noel: "I did. He claims that because he was drunk, but I claimed I had won because I had a cricket bat in my hand."

One thing about us critics: We tend to value artistic innovators over more conservative crowd-pleasers. But sometimes the crowd-pleasers end up making the more durable music. In 1991, I was touting a relatively adventurous British band: Jesus Jones. In contrast, I didn't hear anything but recycled British Invasion and glam-rock riffs from Jesus Jones' U.K. countrymen, Oasis. "Wonderwall," "Some Might Say" and "Champagne Supernova" are great songs that far surpass anything Jesus Jones ever wrote. But they didn't sound "visionary." They just sounded like classic-rock songs that would've fit on the radio in 1974. Which is exactly the point, and the reason "Morning Glory" went on to sell millions, while Jesus Jones faded into obscurity.
       - Greg Kot, reassessing Oasis 10 years on, "The Chicago Tribune"

Being rebellious ó or at least feeling rebellious ó has normally been the natural state for young people. Between the ages of about 13 and 18, youth usually resist the rules and mores of their rulers and instead identify with mods, punks or rockers ó the more outrageous the better. Today they listen to bland bands that preach safety, caution, respectability and good manners, and become good little Blairites even before they reach adulthood. It is testament to the extraordinary levels of conformism and compliance in New Labourís Britain that even rock stars now sing from the same hymn sheet as Blair. Come back, Oasis ó all is (almost) forgiven.
        - Brendan O'Neill, on the success of bands like Coldplay, "The Spectator"

Coldplay are the music equivelent of low fat yoghurt.
        - Ed Power, "The Irish Independent"


"I'm not alone 'cause the TV's on yeah. I'm not crazy 'cause I take the right pills everyday."
        - Jimmy Eat World, "Bleed American"

"Iím on my feet. Iím on the floor. Iím good to go, now all I need is just to hear a song I know.
I wanna always feel like part of this was mine. I wanna fall in love tonight."
        - Jimmy Eat World, "Praise Chorus"

"All the best DJs save the slowest song for last."
        - Jimmy Eat World, "Work"

"Home, home is where I always want to be, home is there for you and is for me, home is where I never want to leave. And don't you know ó nothing gives me pleasure like you do."
        - Josh Rouse, "Nothing Gives Me Pleasure"

"I think I got it all figured out; I think I got it made; I think my plan is safe from laughter."
        - Josh Rouse, "Laughter"

"We're so well dressed ó it's a talent and it's our style."
        - Josh Rouse, "Winter in the Hamptons"

Nobody knows it ó but you've got a secret smile, and you use it only for me.
        - SemiSonic, "Secret Smile"

Driving along this highway all these cars.
And upon on the sidewalk people in every direction.
No words exchanged, no time to exchange.
When all the little ants are marching.
Red and blank antennae waving, they all do it the same.
        - Dave Matthews Band, "Ants Marching"

What in the world would I sing for if I had it all?
What in the world would I go on for if I had it all?
        - Dave Matthews Band, "If I Had It All"

"What about the men who say 'Do as I do. Believe in what I say, for your own good, or I'll kill you!' I can't get behind that!"
        - William Shatner, "I Can't Get Behind That"

"I have saved the world in the movies so naturally there's folks who think I must know what to know.
I'd love to help the world and all its problems but I'm an entertainer, and that's all,
So the next time there's an asteroid or a natural disaster,
I'm flattered that you thought of me but I'm not the one to call."
       - William Shatner, "Real"

"Weíre only going to change this place, by killing everybody in the human race."
        -The Police, "Invisible Sun"

"Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can, gentlemen will walk but never run."
        - Sting, "An Englishman In New York"

"In the paper today, tales of war and of waste. But you turn right over to the TV page."
        - Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

"Living is easy with eyes closed."
        - The Beatles, "Strawberry Fields Forever"

"And I felt like a star, I thought the world could go far, if they listened to what I said."
        - U2, "The Ocean"

"I was drowning my sorrows, but my sorrows, they learned to swim."
        - U2, "Until The End Of The World"

"Now no ones knocked upon my door, for a thousand years or more
All made up and nowhere to go, welcome to this one man show
Just take a seat they're always free, no surprise, no mystery
In this theatre that I call my soul, I always play the starring role."
        - The Police, "So Lonely"

"The dreams in which Iím dying are the best Iíve ever had."
        - Tears for Fears, "Mad World"

We drink and we sing and we drink and we sing, HEY!
We drink and we drive and we puke and we drink,HEY!
We drink and we fight and we bleed and we cry, HEY!
We puke and we smoke and we drink and we die. HEY!
        - Denis Leary: Traditional Irish Folk Song

"She was a he, but what the hell, honey, since you've already got my money..."
        - Bob Gibson, "Mendocino"

"Amusing belly dancers distract me from my wine."
        - Squeeze, "Take Me I'm Yours"

"I don't have to sell my soul / He's already in me / I wanna be adored / You adore me."
        - "I Wanna Be Adored", The Stone Roses

"She is the one in front of me, the siren and the ecstasy.
Crashing beats and fantasy, setting sun in front of me."
        - Simple Minds, "New Gold Dream"

"Catch a boy, they're falling ó falling in love ó they're falling."
       - Simple Minds, "Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel"

"A glittering prize, is it the prize of lost loves?
They can remember quiet sides of midnight...
Shine on, Shine the light on me, in all of my life so that much more I see."
        - Simple Minds, "Glittering Prize"

"Somewhere there is some place, that one million eyes can't see.
And somewhere there is someone, who can see what I can see. Someone. Somewhere. In Summertime."
        - Simple Minds, "Someone Somewhere In Summertime."

The world it shows me up and my clothes they show me up ó I never knew this before.
        ~ The Sundays, "Joy"

England my country the home of the free ó such miserable weather,
But England's as happy as England can be, why cry?
        ~ The Sundays, "Can't Be Sure"

I wonder if you can pick up my accent on the phone,
When I call across the country, when I call across the world.
I see you in my kitchen, I can picture you now,
As you toast to your small town and you drink the happy hour.
Iím in London still... Today I dream of home and not of London anymore.
        - The Waifs, "London Still"

You're still the same / May you rise as you fall /
You were easy / You are forgotten / You are the ways of my mistakes.
        - The Smashing Pumpkins, "Blank Page"

When deuces are wild you can follow the queen. I'd go too except I know where she's been.
        ~ Suzanne Vega

I dont want to wait for our lives to be over, so will it be yes, or will it be sorry?
        - Paula Cole, "Wait"

And when somebody needs you, well, there's no drug like that.
        - Heather Nova, "London Rain"

Security's the whore in me that never lets me fly,
And you, you look like freedom, you look like change,
You look like the avalanche I need.
        - Heather Nova, "Avalanche"

Fall for me, my southern cross, my star,
Shine for me when love has gone too far.
        - Heather Nova, "Heal"

I can bring what you need, I can make things alright.
Glory fades; It's what I am to you.
        - Heather Nova, "Higher Ground"

I know if I saw you in a movie doing all the things you do,
I would fall in love with you.
        - Heather Nova, "If I Saw You In A Movie"

Come to stranger, wants to know my name,
Come tomorrow, I still feel the same,
And I like this wide open view,
But I'm not looking further than you.
        - Heather Nova, "Further Than You"

I saw a mountain from higher above... big sky above me, a river inside me and I'm doubled up in love.
Feels good, like poetry. Don't ask me to explain it.
        - Heather Nova, "Doubled Up"

Something about you really moves me, you found the waterfalls, the treasures in me.
I don't feel so lost, and I don't have to hide. Something has set me free.
And I don't mind it that I can't explain. I just choose to believe that you have something to do with it.
And I'll find the answer, and if the answer is you, my love, I'll have to have you ó for eternity.
        - Lizz Wright, "Eternity"

You used to say the world goes away, when you're with me... I want to be real to you. Let me in, or let me go.
        - Lizz Wright, "Speak Your Heart"

It's our last night, our last kiss, so turn down the lights and hold me... Lie to me, until I believe I will be here in your arms for eternity.
        - Erica Gimpel, "Goodbye"

You claim you want my love, well I wouldn't know by the way you behave...
Love is a contact sport, you gotta move in tight. If you wanna do it right, here I am.
        - Whitney Houston, "Love is a Contact Sport"

She's like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness.
        ~ Fleetwood Mac, "Rhiannon"

"You don't change the city, the city changes you."
        - Tina Dico, "The City"

"When my confidence is up against the wall... When it seems clear that you really don't care, suddenly you call ó suddenly you call... What are my weapons? I can't compete. When all I get points for is to smile and be sweet. My iron gate closes but you never notice. There's a war in my mind. Love is cruel to the sensitive kind."
        - Tina Dico, "Cruel to the Sensitive Kind"

"Iím on the edge for you, losing my head for you. Iím in the red for you tonight.
Until my hopes fall through thereís nothing else I can do."
        - Tina Dico, "In The Red"

My memory is cruel, Iím queen of attention to details, defending intentions if he fails.
        - Sarah Bareilles, "Between the Lines"

Something always brings me back to you. It never takes too long.
No matter what I say or do I'll still feel you here 'til the moment I'm gone.
Set me free, leave me be. I don't want to fall another moment into your gravity.
        - Sarah Bareilles, "Gravity"

For your eyes only, I never need to hide. You can see so much in me, so much in me that's new...
You'll see what no one else can see, and now I'm breaking free...
The love I know you need in me, the fantasy you've freed in me...
The passions that collide in me, the wild abandoned side of me. Only for you, for your eyes only.
        - Sheena Easton, "For Your Eyes Only"

"I don't usually take chances, most would easily agree,
Something in your eyes, is saying you can ease my heartache...
I would tell you I am happy, if I wasn't so damn sad,
And the loneliness both overwhelms and keeps me empty, that's how it's been for a while,
And life's so hard, it's the little things that seem to be getting me today."
        - Mindy Smith, "Down In Flames"

"All the things I know I need it just keeps me going,
All the things I've never had it just keeps me wanting it more... fighting for it all."
        - Mindy Smith, "Fighting For It All"

"You may not be what everybody needs but Tennessee you're good enough for me.
I can see stars shining in your night, your daytime seems like Cash and Patsy Cline...
You may not be what I will always need but I call you home."
        - Mindy Smith, "Tennessee"

I fear I am broken and wonít mend, I know.
One thing I ask when the stars light the skies,
Who now will sing me lullabies, oh who now will sing me lullabies?
In this big world Iím lonely, for I am but small,
Oh angels in heaven, donít you care for me at all?
        ~ Kate Rusby, "Who Will Sing Me Lullabies?"

"Oh sir, heart broken I'll be.
Is she finer than I? Is she tall and lean?
Is she the rarest you've ever seen?
Of your own heart is she the queen?"
"Oh madam, she's twenty of thee.
She's tall and she's lean.
How she smiles on me.
She's the rarest, she is my queen.
I'll never care for a girl like thee."
        ~ Kate Rusby, "All God's Angels"

"It's not easy to hide when your heart's on full view. Oh tonight cruel world be forgiving, for once in my life I am living."
        ~ Kate Rusby, "Little Jack Frost"

Blue mountain river, comfort me a while... if only for a while...
The world is full of madness and I find it hard to smile.
        ~ Cara Dillon, "Blue Mountain River"

Do you wish your nose was longer ó so you'd have an excuse not to see past it?
        ~ Kathleen Edwards, "Hockey Skates"

I'm looking forward to looking back on these days.
        ~ Mandy Moore, "Looking Forward To Looking Back"

Did you ever feel like you wanna be someone else for just one day?
Did u ever feel like you wanna see through another pair of eyes?
Did u ever feel like you should have said something smarter at the time?
Did u ever feel like you should have kept it all to yourself?
Did u ever think it might be your fault?
And I wonder, if I'm just built this way coz every man that I know makes me feel like I'm to blame?
        - Samantha Ronson, "Built This Way"

Do you like what you're doing?
Would you do it some more?
Or will you stop once and wonder what you're doing it for?
        ~ Nick Drake, "Hazey Jane"

The summer rain is falling like its never going to stop, it's been ages. Puddles form on city corners, businessmen they leap between the edges. Umbrellas take up battle spots but nature's fury always proves much stronger... The rain's gone, here come the swallows. Let's start today tomorrow.
        ~ Youth Group, "Start Today Tomorrow"

Given time and a cheap dark room and I will show you all the love and wonder you could buy.
        - Gene, "Your Love, It Lies"

We're the stars of CCTV. Making movies, out on the street... can't you see the camera loves me?
        - Hard Fi, "Stars of CCTV"

Night falls and towns become circuit boards.
We can beat the sun as long as we keep moving.
From the air, stadium lights stand out like flares,
And all I know is that you're sat here right next to me
        - Maximo Park, "Books from Boxes"

Lost in the milky way, smile at the empty sky
And wait for the moment when a million chances may all collide.
From cradles and sleepless nights, you breathe in life forever,
and stare at the World from deep under eiderdown.
Although this World is a crazy ride, you just take your seat and hold on tight.
So here's your life, we'll find our way, we're sailing blind, but it's certain nothing's certain.
        - The Lightning Seeds, "The Life of Reilly"

Children behave, that's what they say when we're together
And watch how you play, they don't understand.
        - Tiffany, "I Think We're Alone Now"

"All Harrys, Dick and Tommys and someday even commies will dance around to the sound..."
        - Ethel Merman, "The International Rag" from "Call Me Madam"

There's a place where a kid without a cent he can grow up to be president.
A magic kingdom filled with Barbie dolls, if you've got the time we can make it a good time.
Americanos - Blue Jeans and Chinos. Coke, Pepsi and Oreos - Americanos.
Movies and heroes in the land of the free, you can be what you wanna be.
        - Holly Johnson, "Americanos"

And you got paid on Friday, and your pockets are jinglin'
And you see the lights you get all tinglin'
'Cause you're cruisin' with a 6 and you're looking for the heart of Saturday night
        - Tom Waits, "Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night"

"Hold on to 16 as long as you can, changes come around real soon, make us women and men."
       - John Cougar Mellencamp, "Jack and Diane"

"When I look back now that summer seemed to last forever and if I had the choice,
I'd always want to be there. Those were the best days of my life."
        - Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69"

London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared and battle come down
The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
London is drowning - and I live by the river

I'm all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality When they kick at your front door how you gonna come?
With your hands on your head or on the trigger of your gun.
When the law break in how you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement or waiting on death row.
You can crush us, you can bruise us.
But you'll have to answer to the guns of Brixton.
       - The Clash, "The Guns of Brixton"

We got our own manifesto - Be kind to queers.
And I'm so glad the revolution's here - It's nice and warm now!
        - The Jam, "Strange Town"

In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you
        - The Jam, "In The City"

I'm so sick, sick, sick and tired of working just to be retired... Saturday is your only highlight, when you go out and live the high life.
        - The Enemy, "Away From Here"

Half the kids who you grew up with, were pushin prams by the time that they were just sixteen.
If love is a drug then where is the cure, for the girl who used to talk to you about her dream.
...The grown ups said, listen to your head, but our hearts were crying out for heroes on TV screens.
Half the kids that aren't pushing prams, are pushing pills to boys and girls who are half their age.
...And all of this, our hearts, our nation, a total lack of civilization. Will it ever be the same?
        - The Enemy, "This Song"

Shelly was a good girl. She never left her daddy's side. She was a Techno-Dancea-Phobic.
        - The Enemy, "Techno-Dancea-Phobic"

I could be the catalyst that sparks the revolution, I could be an inmate in a long-term institution.

        - Ian Dury, What A Waste

So I start a revolution from my bed, cos you said the brains I had went to my head.

- Oasis, "Don't Look Back In Anger" She's got a brother, we don't get on with one another,
But I quite fancy her mother, and I think that she likes me,
She's got a cousin, in fact she's got bout a dozen,
She's got one in the oven, but its nothing to do with me - Oasis, "She's Electric" All you dreams are made when you're chained to the mirror and the razor blade. Today's the day that all the world will see. When I am king, you will be first against the wall, - Radiohead, "Paraniod Andriod" Up above aliens hover, making home movies for the folks back home of all these weird creatures. Hear me now and don't forget
I'm not the man my actions would suggest
A little boy, I'm tied to you
I fell apart
That's what I always do
        - Afghan Whigs, "Debonair"

Tonight I go to hell for what I've done to you.
        - Afghan Whigs, "Debonair"

Nothing like a bad decision says who you are.
        - The Gin Blossoms, "Perfectly Still"

Some trust in love and some trust in hatred. Some trust in fear and some in violence. Some trust in faith and some trust in fortune...
Some trust in pain and some trust in pleasure. Some trust in union, some in innocence. Some trust in everyone and some just get away...
Some trust in God and some trust in country. Some trust in love and some in violence.
Some trust in diamonds, some trust in devils. Some trust fear and some just get away.
        - The Fray, "Some Trust"

I don't want to live without reason.
        - The Fray, "Without Reason"

It's a poor man's heaven to be free...
        - Seth Lakeman, "Poor Man's Heaven"

Well excuse me if I break my own heart
Its mine from the finish I guess; Its mine from the start
The situation just dont seem so goddamn smart
The situation is tearing me apart
The situation keeps me drinking every goddamn day and night
The situation dont seem so right
So youll have to excuse me while I break my own heart.
        - Whiskeytown, "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart"


And if you ask me what is wrong,
I'll blame the beauty on the TV,
I'll blame the beauty that is not me,
I'll blame the beauty that is not with me.
        - Brando, "The Beauty on the TV"

Once there was a time when my mind lay on higher things
And once there was a time I could blindfold myself with love,
But not now ó now I'm resigned to the kind of life
I had reserved for other guys, less smart than I
You know, the kind who will always end up with the girls.
        - The Divine Comedy, "Becoming More Like Alfie"

Pale, pubescent beasts roam through the streets and coffee shops
Their prey gather in herds of stiff knee-length skirts and white ankle socks
But while they search for a mate my type hibernate in bedrooms above
Composing their songs of love.
        - The Divine Comedy, "Songs Of Love"

Laugh at the tears you're crying
Smile while your head explodes
        - The Divine Comedy, "The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count"

I fall in love with someone new practically everyday but thats ok
Its just the price I pay for being a man (if thats really what I am)
        - The Divine Comedy, "In and Out in Paris and London"

If I fall in love it could be forever, so I'll never fall in love
But the moment I can feel that you feel the same way too
Is when I might fall in love with you.
        - The Divine Comedy, "Timewatching"

I met a girl, she was a frog princess and yes I do regret it now
But how was I to know that just one kiss could turn my frog into a cow?
        - The Divine Comedy, "The Frog Princess"

"Beauty is only skin deep, like they all say, you're skin deep like no other "
"If Noah builds an ark, we won't be getting in - he'll save it for the beautiful, congenitally thin "
"I read everything that you wrote and it seemed like you were living my life better than I was "
        - Something Happens, "Here Come The Soldiers"

There's a girl in my class with a face just made for kissing
What kind of God gives you a rod and says you can't go fishing?
        - Something Happens, "Brand New God"

We've got no conscience or no patience...
We've awkward ways to say no...
We've got the blueprints for Playstations...
If you need someone to say no, let's go...
We're dismissive and compulsive...
We can get away with murder, we've got respect for all the lawyers...
We've got a mindless sense of violence...
We have a way to keep you silent...
We have respect for law and order...
If you've lost all of your heroes, call us...
If you've lost both of your parents, join us.
        - The Fixed Stars, "Blueprints"

There are secrets I wouldn't even tell me... and there are ones I would only tell to my worst enemy.
        - The Four of Us, "Love, Hate and Hope"

And its good for me you have no idea, that Im walking through the clouds when you're looking at me.
        - The Corrs, "No Good For Me"

"Will someone spare a thought for the struggling folk singer? I used to have a song called 'Free Nelson Mandela'. Jaysus, they did."
        - Dermot Morgan does Christy Moore


I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour,
But heaven knows I'm miserable now.
I was looking for a job, and then I found a job,
And heaven knows I'm miserable now.
Two lovers entwined pass me by
And heaven knows I'm miserable now.
What she asked of me, at the end of the day ó Caligula would have blushed. "You've been in the house too long" she says, and I naturally fled.
        - The Smiths, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"

Shyness is nice, but shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to, so if there's something you'd like to try, ASK ME I WON'T SAY NO, HOW COULD I?
        - The Smiths, "Ask"

There's a club, if you like to go,
You could meet somebody who really loves you,
So you go, and you stand on your own and you leave on your own,
And you go home, and you cry and you want to die.
        - The Smiths, "How Soon Is Now?"

Belligerent ghouls run Manchester schools.
Spineless swines; cemented minds;
Sir leads the troops; Jealous of youth.
        - The Smiths, "Headmaster Ritual"

And if you must go to work tomorrow,
Well if I were you I wouldn't bother,
For there are brighter sides to life
And I should know because I've seen them - but not often.
        - The Smith, "Still Ill"

He drove me home in the van, complaining, women only like me for my mind.
        - Morrisey, "Maudlin Street"


Girl afraid. Where do his intentions lay ? Or does he even have any ?
She says : "He never really looks at me ó I give him every opportunity,
In the room downstairs he sat and stared,
In the room downstairs He sat and stared,
I'll never make that mistake again!"

Boy afraid. Prudence never pays and everything she wants costs money!
"But she doesn't even LIKE me ! And I know because she said so,
In the room downstairs she sat and stared,
In the room downstairs she sat and stared,
I'll never make that mistake again!"


Always had a roof above me, always paid the rent,
And I never set foot inside a tent,
Couldn't build a fire to save my life ,
I lied about being the outdoor type.

I never slept out underneath the stars,
The closest that I came to that,
Was one time my car broke down for an hour in the suburbs at night,
I lied about being the outdoor type.

Too scared to let you know,
You knew what you were looking for,
I lied until I fit the bill, God bless the great indoors,
I lied about being the outdoor type
I never owned a sleeping bag, let alone a mountain bike

I can't go away with you on a rock-climbing weekend,
What if somethings on TV and its never shown again?
Its just aswell I'm not invited, I'm afraid of heights,
I lied about being the outdoor type.

Never learned to swim,
Can't grow a beard or even fight,
I lied about being the outdoor type.


Her green plastic wateringcan for her fake chineserubberplant in the fake plastic earth, that she bought from a rubber man in a town full of rubber, plans to get rid of itself,- it wears her out.

She lives with a broken man, a cracked polystyreneman who just crumbles and burns. He used to do surgery for girls in the eighties but GRAVITY always wins and it wears him out. She looks like the real thing. She tastes like the real thing, my fake plastic love.

But I can't help the feeling. I could blow through the ceiling. If I just turn and RUN. and it wears me out. If I could be who you wanted all the time


Rows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air and feather canyons ev'rywhere - I've looked at clouds that way.
But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on ev'ryone, So many things I would have done but clouds got in my way.
I've looked at clouds from both sides now from up and down, and still somehow, it's cloud illusions I recall - I really don't know clouds at all.

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way you feel as ev'ry fairy tale comes real - I've looked at love that way.
But now it's just another show, you leave 'em laughing when you go and if you care, don't let them know, don't give yourself away.
I've looked at love from both sides now, from give and take, and still somehow it's love's illusions I recall - I really don't know love at all.

Tears and fears and feeling proud, to say "I love you" right out loud, dreams and schemes and circus crowds - I've looked at life that way.
But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they say I've changed, well something's lost, but something's gained in living ev'ry day.
I've looked at life from both sides now from win and lose and still somehow It's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all.


Chimes sing Sunday morn, today's the day she's sworn
To steal what she never could own and race from this hole she calls home
As the miles they disappear, see land begin to clear
Free from the filth and the scum this American satellite's won
Soon to be put to the test, to be whipped by the winds of the West

- Waterfall, The Stone Roses Your knuckles whiten on the wheel, the last thing that your hands will feel
Your final flight can't be delayed
I'm standing warm against the cold now that the flames have taken hold
At least you left your life in style - Made Of Stone, The Stone Roses # COUNTING CROWS

I am a child of fire... And I was born inside the sun this morning.
        - Counting Crows, "Hanging Tree"

I'm almost perfect some of the time.
        - Counting Crows, "Anyone But You"

I wanted so badly
Someone other then me
Staring back at me

And everytime she sneezes I believe its love and
Of lord, I'm not ready for this sort of thing. Asleep in perfect blue buildings, beside the green apple sea,
Gonna get me a little oblivion, try to keep myself away from me She knows she's more then just a little misunderstood,
She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous. Daylight fading, come and waste another year
All the anger and the eloquence are bleeding into fear
Moonlight creeping around the corners of our lawn
When we see the early signs that daylight's fading
We leave just before it's gone - Counting Crows, "Daylight Fading" # MATCHBOX 20

Everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking about somebody else,
It's best if we all keep it under our heads.
And everyone here, hates everyone here for doing just like they do.

        - Matchbox 20, "Back 2 Good"


Boys and girls in america have such a sad time together... crushing one another with collossal expectations.
        - The Hold Steady, "Stuck Between Stations"

She was a really cool kisser and she wasn't all that strict of a christian.
She was a damn good dancer but she wasn't all that great of a girlfriend...
He was drunk and exhausted but he was critically acclaimed and respected.
He likes the warm feeling but he's tired of all the dehydration.
Most nights were crystal clear but tonite its like it's stuck between stations on the radio.
        - The Hold Steady, "Stuck Between Stations"

Holly's insatiable. She still looks incredible.
But she don't look like the same girl we met on that first night.
She was golden with barlight and beer...
Holly's inconsolable... because we can't get as high as we got on that first night.
        - The Hold Steady, "First Night"

In barlight, she looked alright; In daylight, she looked desperate.
        - The Hold Steady, "Sequestered in Memphis"

I've had kisses that make Judas seem sincere.
        - The Hold Steady, "Citrus"

So this is it, this is the end of the session.
I ain't gonna be taking any more questions. I think my attorney's gonna second that notion.
        - The Hold Steady, "Hot Soft Light"


I'm head of the class - I'm popular,
I'm a quarter back - I'm popular,
My mom says I'm a catch - I'm popular,
I'm never last picked,
I got a cheerleader chick.

Being attractive is the most important thing there is.
If you wanna catch the biggest fish in your pond,
You have to be as attractive as possible,
Make sure to keep your hair spotless and clean.

I'm the party star - I'm popular,
I've got my own car - I'm popular,
I'll never get caught - I'm popular,
I make football bets,
I'm a teachers pet.

       - Popular


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